New bilingual exhibit celebrates Native American Heritage

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Museum of the West’s new exhibit, The Art of Tradition, dives into regional art. Pottery and figurines celebrate contemporary Native American Heritage, but the exhibit also showcases artifacts dating back to the 1800’s.

Museum of the West Curator Vida Jabar says her first big project opened her eyes to the rich history around her.

“The second largest ethnic group here is Hispanic,” said Museum of the West Curator Vida Jabar. “We have people from all over the world coming through the doors and I really just wanna broaden the horizons.”

It’s a new collection with a new approach to interpretation.

“Pueblo is the Spanish word for village, which this new exhibits represent eight of in the Colorado Plateau,” Cora Dickey reports, “To keep things dipped in culture, this is Museum of the West’s first exhibit offered in English and Spanish.”

The exhibit contrasts older indigenous artifacts to the later eras, showing how southwestern cultures evolved over time. Jabar says the trend towards bilingual translations is here to stay.

“Hopefully, we’ll get some maybe a third language going,” Jabar mentions, “Right now, I just, kind of, wanna focus on the local population and how I want it to be experienced by English speakers and Spanish speakers.”

If you want to catch the new exhibit, you have plenty of time, Jabar says it’s been added to the Museum of the West’s permanent collection.

Source: Grand Junction Local News | New bilingual exhibit celebrates Native American Heritage